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The conference will be a two-day event focused on the needs of the mental health sector, but accessible to the wider community.

Program released!

Click here to download the program schedule alone

Click here to download the full delegate handbook, which includes the program, maps and other information.


Opening Ceremony

  • Uncle Charlie and Auntie Helen Kickett, Welcome to Country (WA)
  • Hon. Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health (WA)
  • Timothy Marney, WA Mental Health Commissioner
  • Michele Woods, Consumer speaker (WA)

Conference MC Peter Rowsthorn (WA)

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Mark Salzer (USA)
  • Professor Peter Beresford OBE (UK)
  • Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Gallop (NSW)
  • Commissioner Jackie Crowe (Vic)
  • Paul O'Halloran (NSW)
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane (NSW)

Click here to learn more about our keynote speakers. 

Other Presenter Highlights

  • WA Mental Health Awards Ceremony MC: Narelda Jacobs, Channel 10 (WA)
  • Amanda Bresnan from Community Mental Health Australia (NSW)
  • Jim Morrison, senior Noongar man and Co-convener, West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (WA)
  • Dr Peggy Brown, CEO National Mental Health Commission (NSW)
  • Kerry Stopher, Engagement Director at National Disability Insurance Agency (WA)
  • Lyn Mahboub, Richmond Wellbeing and Curtin University (WA)
  • Inspector Stuart Mearns, Mental Health Co-Response Unit, WA Police (WA)

Program Details

Based on our theme "Integrated Lives", we are planning a diverse and participative program with a variety of sessions and facilitators and three streams:

  • Emerging Practices
  • Dignity & Diversity
  • Wangkiny Danjoo Kwop Wiirrin (Working together in good spirit)

For more information about the ideas behind each stream, click here.

Special events

  • Multicultural Mental Health Forum 
    Special pre-conference forum on Friday 7 July 2017 with Keynote Presentation by Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane 

  • WA Mental Health Awards and Cocktail Dinner
    Launching the WA Mental Health Awards, recognising and celebrating innovation and excellence in mental health practice on Thursday 13 July 2017.

  • Frame of Mind
    Help us raise funds for mental health with an evening of stories and laughter with TV/radio veteran and acclaimed comedian Mikey Robins (Good News Week, Triple J, Spicks and Specs).
  • Embrace Nature – Photography Exhibition and 2018 Wellbeing Calendar
    This exhibition celebrates connection with nature and creative activity as Recovery tools. Showcasing entries from consumers and community members around the state, 12 outstanding entries will be selected for our forthcoming 2018 Wellbeing Calendar.

  • Aboriginal Mental Health Yarning Circle
    Hosted by a panel of Aboriginal Elders and community leaders, exploring indigenous mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Wellbeing Zone 
    With a "come and try" showcase of hands-on activities running parallel to the conference.

  • The Chill Out Lounge
    Staffed with professional mental health support workers, the Lounge is the place to head if you need to debrief on anything which may have come up during a session, or if you become unwell and need some extra support. However, it’s also a great place to just chill out, try some mindfulness activities or just to have a friendly chat, as you recharge your mental batteries.
  • Conversation Cafe
    New in 2017 based on popular demand, the Conversation Café will be an intimate setting for scheduled discussions to share ideas, address issues, solve problems and forge common ground.
  • Poster Exhibition
    A picture paints 100 words, so don't miss the conference poster exhibition!

    A poster is a great way to present a project, research, story, perspective, or any visual information, that delegates can browse and engage with, at their own pace.

  • Networking Sundowner
    This innovative social event is all about meeting new people, forging connections and sourcing what you need.

The program has been developed in extensive consultation with stakeholders.

Visit this page again soon for further program updates, as they become available.